Ecological Footprint Report And Recommendations

2890 Words Oct 19th, 2014 12 Pages
Macquarie University Arts Department: Ecological Footprint Report and Recommendations

Table of Contents
Abstract/ Executive Summary 3
Introduction 3
Strategies 4
Operational Items 4
Buildings 5
Energy 5
Water 8
Biological Capacity 8
Transport 8
Recommendations and Conclusion 11
Figures 13
References 13

Abstract/ Executive Summary

In order to reduce the ecological impact of Macquarie University’s Arts Department the ecological footprinting tool is used to highlight problem areas and provide clear information on usage. By using this footprinting tool and related academic literature seven potential strategies have been identified.

Recommended Strategies:
1. Reduce single occupant transport by 50%
2. Reduce Energy usage by 20%
3. Offset 30% of Energy consumption
4. Reduce air travel by 50%
5. Reduce the usage of paper-products by 50% (20% in advertising and marketing)
6. Install 100kw of Photovoltaic solar cells
7. Introduce vertical gardens on north facing walls

By utilising these schemes a total reduction of 408.9 gha and 0.1 planets is achieved. While this is a modest reduction these strategies, when implemented on a university wide scale, could dramatically reduce the overall footprint of the university and aid in meeting the ‘One Planet 2030’ Goal.

In order to live sustainably in a world with limited resources and increasing environmental, social and economic inequity it is vital for institutions, individuals and companies to examine the way…
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